Levels of air pollution are worse in London than anywhere in the UK, with levels of nitrogen dioxide exceeding the legal limit somewhere in all of London’s Boroughs. Due to the unique problems associated with pollutant emissions in our capital, the Mayor of London has proposed a new system, the London Local Air Quality Management (LLAQM) Framework, which is designed to guide and inform air quality monitoring assessment and action in the city.
The new framework aims to:
- Provide a system tailor made for London and its unique challenges;
- Promote a co-ordinated approach across London; and
- Ensure borough-wide and London wide actions go hand in hand.
Over all, these changes are designed to improve London’s ability to manage and promote air quality issues as a single unit.
The scope of the document does not focus specifically on problems related to development. However, the changes may act to improve the data available for Air Quality Assessments, and inform recommended mitigation measures which may be a beneficial addition to your planning application.
One change which may be relevant when considering reducing the air quality impact of your development is the introduction of an Air Quality Action Matrix. The Matrix prioritises a range of actions Local Authorities in London can commit to in an attempt to improve air quality within their Borough. There are a number of changes included in the matrix which are dedicated to tackling emissions from developments and buildings. Taking consideration of these recommendations early in the design and planning stage may well be beneficial for your residential or industrial development in London.
Redmore Environmental will enhance our understanding of London’s Framework as it is implemented throughout the city, ensuring we can provide you with the best possible advice for your development. Please get in touch with us today to discuss how these proposals may affect any Air Quality Assessments you are involved with.